Anita Mugure is a biochemist deeply inclined towards public health and policy. Anita is part of the Global Youth Health Caucus of the Major Group for Children and Youth constituency-UNEP where she advocates for the role of youth in the attainment of SDG3.
She is interested in the welfare and general well being of populations, health systems and how public policy can effectively address challenges affecting the two resulting in sustainable health systems and healthy populations.
What inspired you to enter the World NTD Day Story telling competition?
My first interaction with NTDs was during my internship at ICIPE (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology) where I got to learn and research on vectors that result in NTDs such as Human African Trypanosomiasis. My internship exposure to NTDs inspired me to participate in the World NTD day competition as a way of creating awareness on the existence of these diseases and the burden they cause to those affected.
Why does fighting NTDs matter to you?
Fighting NTDs matters to me because poverty associated with the disease burden in Africa can be greatly reduced once these diseases are given the necessary attention they deserve.
How do you intend on continuing the fight against NTDs after this competition?
I intend to continue the fight against NTDs after this competition by advocating for the need of governments to allocate more funding towards eradication of these diseases and for the youth to be more engaged in tailoring sustainable solutions that will aid in combating NTDs.
What would be your request to your country’s leaders regarding fighting NTDs?
My request to my country’s leaders regarding fighting NTDs would be to invest more in public private partnerships that will result in sustainable implementation of efforts aimed at eradicating NTDs.